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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Democrats Skip Lobbyist Golf Tour as Yee Case Plays Out

California’s Senate Democrats won’t  be spending this weekend on the grounds of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, home to an annual outing known as the “Pro Tem Cup” where high-priced lobbyists pay $65,000 to pal up...

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) speaks during a hearing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) speaks during a hearing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

House Democrats Lead Fundraising Amid Difficult Majority Odds

House Democrats excel at fundraising even as the national political environment and demographics work against them winning a majority of seats in November. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee topped the National Republican Congressional Committee by $6.4 million to $5.1 million...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2013 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize on Dec. 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2013 Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize on Dec. 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Clinton Foundation, ‘Ready for Hillary’: Cantu Common Angel

Hillary Clinton’s political and philanthropic interests met Sunday near the tip of South Texas, as she raised money for her family’s foundation from a top donor to the Super-PAC trying to entice her to run for president. Alonzo Cantu, a...

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A program before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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A program before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Jeb Bush’s Journey: Doing What it Takes, Whether Running or Not

Jeb Bush is doing what someone running for president does. That doesn’t mean he is running for president. All he offers today is a simple e-smile. The former two-term Florida governor is on the road this week and next raising...

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Sting and Paul Simon perform at the Air Canada Centre on March 1, 2014.

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Sting and Paul Simon perform at the Air Canada Centre on March 1, 2014.

Sting, Paul Simon and Van Hollen’s First Album

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, escaped what he’s calling the “kangaroo court” atmosphere in Congress to see a Sting and Paul Simon concert last night. “Simon and Garfunkel was my first album,” he said with a smile, maybe...

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Representative Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy Petitgout with son, Owen Patrick, on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Representative Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy Petitgout with son, Owen Patrick, on Sept. 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Obama to Kennedy Toddler: ‘When Are You Running?… How it Works?’

Remember, it was the late Sen. Edward Kennedy who added his endorsement to the upstart campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama for the presidency in 2008, a shocking rebuff to the Clinton clan. “I feel change in the air — what...

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Team Lawmakers players, from left, Brad Dayspring, John Goodwin and Sen. John Kerry during the 4th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Verizon Center in Washington in this March 4, 2012 file photo.

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Team Lawmakers players, from left, Brad Dayspring, John Goodwin and Sen. John Kerry during the 4th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge at the Verizon Center in Washington in this March 4, 2012 file photo.

Hockey Day for Puckish Lawmakers

On Capitol Hill, there’s a day and a caucus for everything. Today is Hockey Day on the Hill, organized by the Congressional Hockey Caucus and the National Hockey League. Avowed hockey enthusiast John Kerry had his hands full in Ukraine,...

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George Norcross III, left, and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at the State House in Trenton, N.J., on June 10, 2013.

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George Norcross III, left, and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at the State House in Trenton, N.J., on June 10, 2013.

Norcross to Christie: Let’s Talk Bridge-Closing Power

George Norcross, Democratic kingmaker in New Jersey and frequent collaborator with embattled Gov. Chris Christie, texted the Republican to rub it in as his beloved Dallas Cowboys melted down this season. He watched as Christie wracked up an impressive 22...

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, right, with Ed Genson, attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Illinois.

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, right, with Ed Genson, attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Illinois.

Obama Library: $100 Mln Proposed by Illinois Speaker Madigan

Even before his announcement yesterday, Mike Madigan was likely to get an invitation to the opening ceremony for Barack Obama’s presidential library, whenever and wherever that happens. Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House and chairman of the Democratic Party in...

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U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Feb. 11, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Feb. 11, 2014.

Obama to Donors: ‘We Get a Little Sleepy’ in the Midterms

For the president to close down a lengthy stretch of the George Washington Parkway in Virginia during evening rush hour, it must be really important, right? Well, it’s important to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, for sure. It was their...

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